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Pioneer Natural CEO Calls Out Permian Basin Gas Flaring

HOUSTON (Reuters) – The chief executive of Pioneer Natural Resources, Scott Sheffield, called on producers in the top U.S. shale field to limit natural gas flaring and monitor for methane leaks. Companies are targeting oil in the fast-growing Permian Basin field, but pipeline construction has lagged, leaving natural gas as a byproduct to be burned or vented. Producers should get flaring and venting rates to 2% or less and not drill wells before pipelines are complete, Sheffield said during a call with analysts a day after releasing quarterly results. “We do not connect any new […]

Columbia Gas Names New President

 Columbia Gas of Kentucky named Kimra H. Cole as its president and chief operating officer, replacing the retiring Herbert A. Miller Jr. Cole has served in various leadership roles in marketing, engineering and operations during her 22 years with Columbia Gas of Kentucky and NiSource. She also served as director of Engineering for the Kentucky Public Service Commission and as commissioner of General Services for the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government. 

Storm Disrupts US Energy Operations from Pipelines to Terminals

HOUSTON (Reuters) – Energy infrastructure on the U.S. Gulf Coast was hit hard by Tropical Storm Imelda on Thursday, as flooding forced a major refinery to cut production and a key oil pipeline, terminals and a ship channel in Texas were shut, according to sources familiar with operations. TC Energy Corp’s 750,000-bpd Marketlink oil pipeline from Cushing, Okla., to Nederland, Texas, was shut as flooding disrupted operations at Gulf terminals, traders familiar with the matter said. Energy Transfer LP’s Nederland terminal, located between Beaumont and Port Arthur, was shut due to heavy rains, five market sources said. Phillips 66 […]

INGAA Responds to Proposed Methane Rule

(P&GJ) — The Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) responded to the EPA’s proposed methane rule by citing its members’ strong commitment and “history of minimizing methane emissions from their operations.” INGAA President and CEO Don Santa spoke on behalf of the group via a statement issued in response to proposed “New Source Performance Standards” for the oil and natural gas industry. “In 2018, INGAA’s board of directors took the further step of adopting voluntary commitments that prioritize continuously improving existing practices to minimize methane emissions from interstate natural gas transmission and storage operations,” Santa said.  […]

EnLink Midstream Founder Returns as CEO after Q2 Loss

(PLN) – EnLink Midstream’s executive chairman, Barry E. Davis, who led the company as CEO from its founding in 2014 to 2018, has resumed his role of CEO, replacing Michael J. Garberding, who has left the company. Davis will continue to serve as chairman for the Dallas-based company, which also appointed former American Airlines Chairman and CEO Thomas W. Horton to its board of directors. Horton also serves as lead director on the boards of General Electric and Walmart. The management changes were announced as EnLink reported a net loss of $16.1 million in the […]

Enbridge Delays Start of Mainline Open Season, Traders Say

NEW YORK/CALGARY (Reuters) – Enbridge delayed the start of an open season to solicit bids for contracted space on its Mainline oil pipeline system, North America’s largest oil-shipping network, three market sources told Reuters. The reason for the delay was not immediately clear. Enbridge plans to turn the Mainline system from a common carrier system in which shippers submit monthly bids for capacity, to one that is mostly contracted for up to two decades. The open season was meant to start in mid-July and last for two months, Enbridge said previously. Three sources said the […]

Welding Superintendent Named Man of the Year

Michels Welding Superintendent Charles “Buddy” Kervin was named Man of the Year by United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada. Kervin entered the pipeline industry in 1955 and has been a welder since 1962. He has been involved in several pipeline project in the United States throughout the past five decades. P&GJ

UGI Buying TC Energy’s $1.28 Billion Columbia Midstream Assets

(PLN) – TC Energy said it has agreed to sell some of its Columbia Midstream assets in the Appalachian Basin to energy distributor UGI Corporation for $1.28 billion. The acquisition significantly expands UGI’s midstream portfolio and provides an opportunity to invest an additional $300-$500 million over the next five years, the company said. Columbia Midstream Group holds five natural gas gathering systems with capacity of roughly 2,675,000 MMBtu/d and 240 miles of pipeline in the southwestern core of the Appalachian Basin. TC Energy, formerly TransCanada, said the sale excludes any interest in the company’s minerals […]

Energy Transfer to Expand Dakota Access Capacity

BISMARCK, N.D. – Energy Transfer Partners (ET) plans to nearly double the capacity of Dakota Access Pipeline up to 1.1 MMbpd from a current capacity of more than 500,000 bpd, according to a filing with the North Dakota Public Service Commission. In a letter to the state commission, Dallas-based ET said it plans to optimize the system to increase throughput to meet demand for Bakken crude oil without the need for additional construction on the 30-inch system. The increase, ET attorney Lawrence Bender wrote, “will allow Dakota Access to meet the growing demand from shippers […]

Ohio Refineries Fear Michigan Line 5 Pipeline Shutdown

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Operators of refineries in Ohio are worried that a potential shutdown of Enbridge’s Line 5 oil pipeline in Michigan could push up their costs or even force them to close. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine sent Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer a letter this past week asking her to not let the pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac shut down permanently. Michigan’s governor wants the company that owns the oil pipeline to finish its replacement within two years, but the company says it can’t be done until 2024. Talks over the timeline broke down earlier […]

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